Bus yob vandalism condemned

Bus damaged when stones were thrown at it on Nel Pan Lane, Westleigh
Bus damaged when stones were thrown at it on Nel Pan Lane, Westleigh

Transport bosses have hit out at mindless yobs who smashed the windows of four buses travelling through Leigh.

As reported in last week’s Observer, an investigation is under way after stones were thrown at the vehicles in the Nel Pan Lane area of Westleigh.

This recent spate of vandalism against buses is completely unacceptable.

TfGM spokesman

Three of the buses were targeted on the same night while one was damaged a week earlier.

Now, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), which co-ordinates public transport in the region, has condemned the incidents for putting passenger safety at risk.

A spokesman told the Observer: “This recent spate of vandalism against buses is completely unacceptable.

“Quite aside from the traumatic impact on bus passengers and drivers, this has also led to damaged vehicles being withdrawn from service – inconveniencing people who need to travel locally and at a cost to the bus operators.

“Our first and foremost concern is driver and passenger safety and the Greater Manchester Travelsafe Unit will be investigating these incidents and working in the area to tackle the problem. Any offenders identified will be prosecuted.”

Three windows were smashed when stones were thrown at a Jim Stones bus travelling along Nel Pan Lane at 5.15pm on Tuesday, November 15.

Repairs cost £1,000 and the bus, which had only been operating for two days, had to be taken off the road.

There have been reports of three further incidents in the area between 9pm and 10.30pm on Thursday, November 24, when the windows were smashed on three buses.

Two of the buses were travelling along Nel Pan Lane and another was on nearby Leigh Road.

It is understood the yobs that have targeted buses with missiles have also been throwing at other passing vehicles and houses in the Leigh area.

No-one has been injured in any of the incidents to date, but fears have been raised that someone could be hurt or even killed if the mindless anti-social behaviour and vandalism continues.

The TfGM spokesman added: “We encourage anyone who may have seen something to report it to the police by calling 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”